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How do I cut back this ugly dead aeonium bloom without having an ugly stump? Thank you Susan

Hi Susan, without a picture, it’s difficult to give you any guidelines.

If you can cut the stem as far down as possible, right at the soil line, if the rosette is dead or dying, the new pups will grow up and hide the stump. This won’t take long – it’s almost as if they wait for the queen to die, and then all burst into life and compete to get to be the biggest.

As always, clean, sharp pruners are essential (if it’s at all a worry, clean the blades with isopropyl alcohol, to remove any disease organisms)

Hope this helps,